Prof Subra Sureshis the 4th President and inaugural Distinguished University Professor of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, since January 2018. He is a globally recognised materials scientist, biological engineer, author, and entrepreneur. Prof Suresh has served (2010-2013) as the Director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF), a position to which he was nominated by President Barack Obama , and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. He has been the President of Carnegie Mellon University (2013 – 2017), and Dean of the School of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007-2010). Prof Suresh, who graduated from high school at the age of 15 and completed his doctorate degree from MIT in two years, is the first Asia-born professor to lead any of the five schools at MIT and the first Asia-born to lead the NSF and Carnegie Mellon.
Prof Suresh is amongst a rare group of scholars elected to all three US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for his pioneering research in materials science and engineering, mechanics, and biomedicine. He is the recipient of some of the highest honours by governments and universities for his leadership in advancing science, technology, education, research, and innovation. Prof Suresh has been awarded 18 honorary doctorate degrees from some of the most prestigious institutions in the USA, UK, China, India, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, Greece, and Russia. He has authored three books, more than 300 research articles, 26 patent applications, and has cofounded two technology start-ups. Prof Suresh is an independent Director of the Board of HP Inc. (HPQ) and Singapore Exchange (SGX); a member of the Board of National Research Foundation and A*STAR, Singapore, and a Senior Advisor to Temasek International Pte Ltd.